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Welcome to the new site for the Wappingers Central School District Family & Consumer Sciences Department. Students at Van Wyck and Wappingers Junior High School take three quarters of Family & Consumer Science Courses (Foods, Clothing, and Resource Management) over the course of 7th and 8th grade. These courses help middle level students live in a society of constant change and to improve their quality of life by preparing them to meet their present and future responsibilities as family member and community members, consumers, home managers, and wage earners. The goal is to educate early adolescents to think constructively, make sound decisions, solve problems, and manage resources. All three of these courses are delivered within a laboratory setting and involve approximately 75 percent hands-on instruction. The use of real-world relevant tasks, laboratory simulations, scenarios, and community involvement is an integral part of the course as is the use of library research, class discussions, and group activities.Once students enter high school they have the opportunity to expand their studies into a variety of pathways: Human Services, Family Studies, Food and Nutrition, and Textile and Design. Our Family and Consumer Science courses meet the needs of the diverse student population often serving mixed abilities and mixed grade levels in the same room at the same time. The common denominator for our students is their interest in the topics they study.During our students high school career they will have the opportunity to progress through a series of electives depending upon their specific area of interest. For more information on the electives that are offered at our high schools please click here: Course Handbook
Assistant Director for Roy C. Ketcham Athletics and Family & Consumer Sciences